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2605, 2024

Fed Indictment:  Fraud Ring Staged Armed Robberies to Establish Work Permit Eligibility

By |May 26th, 2024|Categories: Employment Authorization / Work Cards in the U.S.|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. May 22, 2024 Immigration fraud is a big business and our society just received yet another reminder of how booming a business it is.   Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice handed down an indictment of an immigration fraud ring alleging its ringleaders staged armed robberies across Chicago and the Midwest so that undocumented foreign nationals – paying thousands of dollars each -  could pose as [...]

1305, 2024

Adventures in Navigating the New Filing Fee Schedule: Green Card Marriage Applicants

By |May 13th, 2024|Categories: DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. May 5, 2024 Even for me, a 30-year immigration law veteran, the new US Department of Homeland Security/Citizenship and Immigration Services (US CIS) filing fee schedule can present a menacing head ache.    In so many contexts, whether for an H-1B work visa petition, or a marriage based adjustment of status (Green Card) filing, the process of selecting the proper fee can be overwhelming, especially when the US [...]

1704, 2024

What Are the Benefits to Becoming a US Citizen?

By |April 17th, 2024|Categories: Citizenship / Naturalization and the N-400 Application, U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation|

You might be surprised to learn that nearly 1 million people became lawful residents of the US in 2022. Coming to the US has countless opportunities, such as taking advantage of the country's robust economy. However, many would argue you can only fully experience what the United States has to offer when you become a citizen. We've created a brief guide that outlines the key information you should know before [...]

804, 2024

The Truth About Sanctuary Cities

By |April 8th, 2024|Categories: DHS / Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)|

By: Richard Hanus, Esq. April 6, 2024 Most Americans have heard about sanctuary cities, but few really understand what they truly are. I come to this conclusion based on the way this term, along with “open borders”, is thrown around in various media outlets and by certain politicians to strategically rev up emotion among their audience. In today’s world, a 2 sentence tweet carries the same weight as a multi [...]

1703, 2024

California Green Card Marriage Fraud Ring: A Story of Profit and Prison Sentences

By |March 17th, 2024|Categories: Conditional Permanent Residence Based on Marriage, Green Cards|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. March 14, 2023 As access to our legal immigration system continues to be plagued by obstacles and exceptionally limited options, illegal avenues to life in the U.S. continue to make for profitable business for ambitious, unscrupulous entrepreneurs.  One recent example involves an enterprise with 600 immigrant customers being charged $20,000 to $35,000 each to be set up in fake marriages in order to obtain U.S. resident [...]

2702, 2024

How to Find the Right Asylum Immigration Lawyer for Your Case

By |February 27th, 2024|Categories: Asylum in the United States|

Seeking asylum in a new country is a complex and emotionally charged process. If you're seeking asylum, you might not know where to look for help. An asylum immigration lawyer is your best chance for a successful case. As an asylum seeker, having the right immigration lawyer by your side can make a world of difference. However, finding the right lawyer for your asylum case requires careful consideration and research. [...]

1802, 2024

Update: Imperfect Voter Registration Initiatives and the Dangers Faced By Noncitizens

By |February 18th, 2024|Categories: Citizenship / Naturalization and the N-400 Application|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. February 17, 2024 Far too often, highly imperfect voter registration processes create moments of government assisted immigration suicide, whether it leads to a denied application for lawful permanent resident status ("Green Card") or U.S. citizenship or even the commencement of removal proceedings aka deportation proceedings.  The good news is that in many cases, all is not lost and a solution for non-citizens facing a seeming immigration [...]

1502, 2024

Immigration Law in Chicago: What Is the Deportation Process?

By |February 15th, 2024|Categories: Customs and Border Patrol / Travel to and from the U.S., Removal / Deportation Proceedings and Court Hearings|

It's estimated that forty million people in the United States were born in different countries. While some of these individuals immigrated legally, others are undocumented immigrants. Either that or their visas have expired for one reason or another.  In other cases, a foreign national might immigrate legally, but engage in an act or crime that subjects them to deportation. When this happens, the U.S. government will begin the deportation process. [...]

3101, 2024

Everyone’s Talking About H-1B Visas, Lottery Registration and US CIS Filing Fee Increases

By |January 31st, 2024|Categories: DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)|

By: Richard Hanus, Esq. January 31, 2024 It’s always around Thanksgiving when chatter starts swirling about when the next chance to obtain an H-1B work visa will happen.  A couple months later employers and their prospective H-1B workers get news that the H-1B visa lottery registration is a few weeks away and that parties need to put the pieces in place to avail of the process.  With this week’s announcement [...]

2301, 2024

Immigration Lawyer in Chicago, IL: When to Hire an Attorney

By |January 23rd, 2024|Categories: U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation|

It's estimated that forty-five million people in the United States have immigrated here from other countries. Uprooting your entire life to come to the United States is already challenging enough. Sadly, U.S. immigration laws make things even more complicated. Whether it's the endless forms or the confusing array of visas, there's no shortage of hurdles standing in your way. If you're dealing with potential visa or deportation problems in the [...]

1101, 2024

3 Big Immigration Stories: Texas Seeks to Enforce US Immigration Laws, Legal Pot Seller Denied U.S. Citizenship and Massive Immigration Fee Hike Ahead

By |January 11th, 2024|Categories: DHS / Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. January 11, 2024 Federal lawsuit alleges state overreach as Texas enacts its own immigration enforcement statute Per the U.S. Constitution and U.S. Supreme Court precedent, it is well established that U.S. immigration law, from the enactment of legislation to the enforcement of such measures, is a function falling exclusively within authority of the federal government.  But what happens when an individual state finds federal government immigration [...]

3112, 2023

Importance of Having an Experienced Chicago Immigration Attorney on Your Side

By |December 31st, 2023|Categories: U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation|

Imagine moving to an entirely new country only to find yourself in legal trouble. In recent years, Chicago has served as a major hotspot for immigrants in the United States. Unfortunately, this has led to a crisis where the city can't fully accommodate everyone who arrives. Migrant arrests, convictions, and deportations have skyrocketed as a result. It's crucial to have the right Chicago immigration attorney on your side if you're [...]

2112, 2023

My Marriage is Broken and My Green Card Application Failed – Now What?

By |December 21st, 2023|Categories: Conditional Permanent Residence Based on Marriage|

By: Richard Hanus, Esq. December 19, 2023 Marriage to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident is one of the more popular avenues through which foreign nationals apply for U.S. lawful permanent resident status, also known as a “Green Card”.   There are a variety of reasons a foreign national’s efforts at obtaining a Green Card can fail in this context, and below is a discussion of some of the more [...]

2711, 2023

Being LGBTQ and Seeking Protection Under U.S. Asylum Law:  What are the Requirements?

By |November 27th, 2023|Categories: Asylum in the United States|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. November 27, 2023 When it comes to LGBTQ foreign nationals who are present in the United States and seeking the protection of our asylum laws, I have noticed 2 important trends in recent years.  First, it appears more nations across the globe are becoming increasingly inhospitable, to say the least, to members of its LGBTQ population.  Second, the United States of America continues to be among [...]

2311, 2023

How to Comply With Business Immigration Law

By |November 23rd, 2023|Categories: General|

The federal government estimates that there are over 11.4 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States. There's fear that many of these immigrants are not paying their taxes and are receiving a living wage illegally. As such, any and all immigrant workers are put under a magnifying glass to ensure their legality. If your business has hired immigrants, then it's important to know how to protect yourself and your employees. Business immigration [...]

1011, 2023

R.N.’s and Green Cards; A Bipartisan Legislative Proposal May Speed Up Processing 

By |November 10th, 2023|Categories: Immigrant Health Care Workers in the U.S.|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. November 10, 2023 What is the best way to get a Green Card so I can live and work in the U.S.?  This is a question I am asked dozens of time each month, and my answer is invariably the same.  1) Fall in love and enter into a bona fide, genuine marriage with a U.S. citizen (or in some cases a lawful permanent resident) or [...]

2210, 2023

Proposed New Rules to Impact H-1B Work Visas, Especially the Annual Lottery

By |October 22nd, 2023|Categories: Non-Immigrant Visas for Temporary Workers / H-1B|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. October 22, 2023 In the coming days, U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Citizenship and Immigration Services ("DHS/CIS") will be publishing a proposed rule that will significantly impact the way U.S. companies and foreign workers vie for a chance at one of 85,000 H-1B visas made available each year. Its implementation is still up in the air, but if the rule takes effect it will likely be in [...]

2909, 2023

What Is An O-1 Visa?

By |September 29th, 2023|Categories: Employment-Based Immigration Law, Non-Immigrant Visas for Temporary Workers / H-1B, United States Embassies Abroad|

Working in the United States and fulfilling the American Dream is a wish for many people in other countries. Immigrants fill millions of jobs throughout the country, availing of amazing opportunities they can't find anywhere else. Immigrants can apply for work visas and lawful permanent resident status (green card) based on their employment in the U.S.  Some may eventually be eligible to naturalize and become U.S. citizens.  As far as [...]

2409, 2023

DACA, TPS & EAD’s: The Big Immigration Stories

By |September 24th, 2023|Categories: Employment Authorization / Work Cards in the U.S.|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. September 24, 2023 DACA Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or “DACA” came to life in 2012 as an initiative allowing certain qualifying foreign nationals arriving in the U.S. as children, an opportunity to receive Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) and otherwise be shielded from deportation.   Since its implementation by way of President Obama’s Executive Order, DACA has allowed for life changing benefits for 600,00 young adults.  DACA has [...]

809, 2023

The Case of NY’s Marie Eiffel Market and How Abused Foreign Workers Have Recourse

By |September 8th, 2023|Categories: DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), DHS / Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. September 8, 2023 A foreign national who obtains a U.S. work visa or otherwise enters the U.S. to fill a job can be particularly vulnerable to employer abuse, especially if that worker is desperate to make the U.S. their home and has few, if any, visa options to choose from to remain here.  The good news is that foreign national victims of employer abuse have rights, [...]

309, 2023

Immigration Attorney Chicago: A Brief Guide to Temporary Visas

By |September 3rd, 2023|Categories: Immigration and PERM / Labor Certification, Employment-Based Immigration Law|

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, there were 59,011 ICE removals in 2019 from both border and interior removals. Although many of these individuals were seeking permanent residency, many temporary workers have also been removed. A vast majority of these deportees lacked legal representation in order to navigate the US immigration process. Obtaining temporary visas can be a difficult and complicated component of the immigration process to the United [...]

2108, 2023

Marriage Fraud Trouble

By |August 21st, 2023|Categories: Green Cards, Immigrant Visas for Spouse / Fiancee / Child Visas|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. August 21, 2023 Over the years I have come to take notice that our nation’s inaccessible legal immigration system, with its limited offerings, is one of the main incubators of the green card marriage fraud business and our fake immigration document market overall.  It is also one of the primary causes of our nation’s expanded undocumented population, now in the many millions and over the course [...]

1408, 2023

What to Expect From Removal Proceedings: A Guide by a Chicago Immigration Law Firm

By |August 14th, 2023|Categories: General, Removal / Deportation Proceedings and Court Hearings|

Reports say 185,884 removals were conducted by ICE in 2020, a 30 percent decrease from the same period in 2019. If you are an illegal immigrant living in the United States, you may find yourself facing removal proceedings. When this happens, it is essential to understand what to expect. Removal proceedings are legal procedures used by the government to expel an immigrant from the country. If you are subject to [...]

3007, 2023

I am Undocumented, But My U.S. Citizen Kid Just Turned 21: Can I Legalize My Status?

By |July 30th, 2023|Categories: Family-Based Immigration Law|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. July 30, 2023 The undocumented foreign nationals I meet have been residing in the U.S. for periods ranging from 1 to 35+ years.  They play a role in pretty much every aspect of day to day American life, working as grocery store clerks, mechanics, assembly line workers, home builders, chemists, nurses, caregivers, electricians, truck drivers, restaurant workers, restaurant owners, housekeepers, computer programmers, real estate agents, home [...]

2007, 2023

What Qualities to Look for in Chicago Immigration Lawyers

By |July 20th, 2023|Categories: DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)|

The barriers to gaining a green card or citizenship in the United States are significant. On average, there are nearly four million people waiting for a quarter-of-a-million green cards in any given year. An immigration attorney can often improve applicant's chances for remaining in the United States, no matter the context. Are you looking for reputable Chicago immigration lawyers? In this article, we'll cover how to find the best immigration [...]

1107, 2023

Big News for Central Americans Looking to be Reunited with U.S. Family

By |July 11th, 2023|Categories: Family-Based Immigration Law|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. Published July 11, 2023 Last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new program allowing certain Central American relatives of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to enter the U.S. in the immediate future and to complete their resident processing here in the U.S.  To be considered for entry under this program, the foreign national must: 1) be from (and currently residing in) [...]

207, 2023

7 Things to Look For in a Chicago Immigration Lawyer

By |July 2nd, 2023|Categories: U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation|

The United States is the among the most popular immigration destinations for foreign nationals across the globe.  Around one million people arrive each year as refugees, asylum-seekers, and permanent legal residents. Hundreds of thousands of people become US citizens every year. The immigration process can be daunting and overwhelming. There are many steps you need to take and taking the wrong one could have a catastrophic effect. You might consider [...]

2606, 2023

U.S. Supreme Court: Biden Administration’s Immigration Enforcement Agenda Will Stand

By |June 26th, 2023|Categories: DHS / Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)|

By: Richard Hanus, Esq. June 26, 2023 Our nation is home to more than 11 million undocumented foreign nationals, a reality that has taken hold over the course of several decades and a half dozen presidential administrations.   Whether overstaying their visa or entering the U.S. without one, these immigrants, with some exceptions, work hard, pay taxes, and but for their immigration violations, are otherwise law abiding.   Like most of his [...]

1006, 2023

Why Is This New Immigration Proposal Different From All Other New Immigration Proposals?

By |June 10th, 2023|Categories: immigration reform|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. June 8, 2023  The Dignity Act is the name of the latest immigration reform proposal coming out of the U.S. House of Representatives.  News of the bipartisan bill was announced last month and its language covers extensive ground, ranging from improving border security, to making asylum processing fairer and more orderly, to establishing a legalization program and path to citizenship for millions of our nation’s undocumented. [...]

2905, 2023

11 Factors to Consider When Choosing an Immigration Law Firm in Chicago

By |May 29th, 2023|Categories: DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)|

In 2021, 13.6 % of the U.S. population was born in a foreign country. That means that a large number of people require the help of an immigration attorney. But finding the right immigration law firm is a challenging task. With laws and regulations constantly changing, it's essential to find an experienced legal team that understands your unique needs as an immigrant in Chicago. Whether you are seeking a visa, [...]

1205, 2023

Immigration, Family and Death: Does the Green Card Process Die When the U.S. Petitioner Dies?  

By |May 12th, 2023|Categories: Family-Based Immigration Law|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. May 12, 2023 One of the questions I get asked most frequently has to do with the impact of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident’s death on a pending petition they previously filed for foreign national family, whether waiting overseas or in the U.S.  The answer varies depending on the circumstances, but many of my clients are pleasantly surprised to hear that not all hope [...]

105, 2023

What Are Deportable Offenses? A Chicago Immigration Attorney Answers

By |May 1st, 2023|Categories: Immigration and Criminal Law / Detainees|

The United States is currently home to around 35 million lawful immigrants. Many are citizens but some are permanent residents - green card holders who have not yet become naturalized US citizens. Others are on short-term visas, such as student and employment visas. US citizens - whether from birth or naturalized - cannot usually be deported. If you're not yet a US citizen, there are reasons why you can be [...]